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Upgrade your conference experience with NLC University seminars!

The Congressional City Conference is the perfect opportunity to boost your leadership skills at pre-conference training sessions. NLC University offers thoughtfully-crafted seminars where participants obtain current resources, develop strategies, build skills and engage in small group discussions and exercises with peers from other communities. With personal attention, you’ll get the tools and techniques you need to meet your challenges with confidence. NLC University seminars require pre-registration and have an additional fee. New this year – all paid seminar participants receive complimentary registration to the Shared Wisdom Luncheon on Saturday, March 11.

Learning Level Guidelines

From introductory overviews to in-depth explorations, participants have a wide range of subject areas to choose and benefit from regardless of their background, experience, region, or the size of their municipality.

  • 101: Mastering the Fundamentals
  • 201: Deep Dives
  • 301: Fostering Innovation

Saturday, March 11th

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

NLC University Information Desk

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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University – Healthy Cities

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Mayors and city leaders play a pivotal role in the overall health and well-being of the cities and towns they serve. Across the county, city leaders are taking action to address the underlying factors that influence health and improve the environments where their residents live, learn, work and play. This seminar is designed to  build capacity of city leaders to Continue Reading »

Speakers

  • Julie Willems Van Dijk Associate Scientist and Director - County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Program
  • Kathryn Pettit Senior Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center - Urban Institute
  • John Chesser Enterprise Management Analyst - Mecklenburg County; Charlotte, NC
  • Dr. Janet A. Phoenix Assistant Research Professor - George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Karen Seaver Hill Director - Children’s Hospital Association
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

NLC University – Lessons Learned from Crisis Leadership

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The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) will share experiences gained through delivery of disaster planning, response, and recovery services across the country. Participants will learn how to adapt these experiences, best practices, and recommendations to suit the needs of their own communities. Participants will be introduced to disaster-related case studies and tools developed to meet the needs of Continue Reading »

Moderator

  • Steve Traina Branch Manager - Institute for Building Technology and Safety

Speakers

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University – Stronger Together: City Manager and City Council Relations

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In order to successfully deliver services to citizens, elected officials and the city manager must work as a team where everyone understands their role, gets to contribute their voice, and problem solve. In this seminar, learn tangible skills for effective teamwork between the city manager and council. Learn skills and best practices to facilitate positive and productive meetings, create a Continue Reading »

Instructors

  • Mike Conduff President of the Elim Group and Former City Manager - The Elim Group
  • Jim HuntJim Hunt President & Founder of Amazing Cities and Past President of NLC - Amazing Cities
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

NLC University – Urban Plan for Elected Officials

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Developed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Urban Plan is a realistic and engaging simulation in which participants learn about and wrestle with the fundamental forces that affect urban development. Participants, playing the role of an inter-disciplinary a real estate development team, will experience the challenging issues, private and public sector roles, complex trade-offs, and fundamental economics in play when Continue Reading »

Instructors

  • Sean Geygen Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC
  • Sophie Lambert Senior Director of UrbanPlan - Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC
  • Gideon BergerGideon Berger Director of the Daniel Rose Fellowship Program - The National League of Cities
  • Jess ZimbabweJess Zimbabwe Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership - The National League of Cities
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

NLC University – Shared Wisdom Luncheon

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This awards program hosted by the NLC University now features inspirational “shared wisdom” from local and national leaders, and brings together certificate recipients to be recognized for their educational achievements. This engaging luncheon incorporates high-profile keynote speakers to help motivate and encourage local leaders. Fees Standard – $40 | First Time attendees – $35 All paid NLC University training registrants at Continue Reading »

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NLC University – An Introduction to the Intersector Process: Cross-Sector Collaboration in the Public Sector

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This session is designed to introduce public-sector officials and staff to key management tactics for cross-sector collaboration. Through a review of best practices, relevant case studies, and facilitated discussion, this session will equip participants with knowledge to inform the design and implementation of effective partnerships and better understand the value proposition for cross-sector collaboration. The training session will also provide Continue Reading »

Speakers

  • Jacquelyn Wax Communications Director - The Intersector Project
  • Neil Britto Executive Director - The Intersector Project

Instructor

  • View full profile for Neil BrittoNeil Britto Executive Director - The Intersector Project
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NLC University – Congratulations, You Got Elected: Now what?

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A new course targeting newly elected officials (within one calendar year) that provides some of the most important lessons and strategies for newly elected council members. Credits: 2 Proficiency Area: Leadership (Personal and Organizational Leadership Development) Level: 101 Cost: $150 bird rate (by January 31); $160 after January 31 Audience: New local elected officials (within one calendar year); all city Continue Reading »

Instructor

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NLC University – REAL Action: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government

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City leaders must step up to take the lead with their police departments, business and community leaders to address racial inequities in their respective cities and towns. City leaders have a unique capacity to engage with their communities on racial equity issues and make smart policy decisions that can reduce racial inequities in institutions and systems and restore police–community trust. Continue Reading »

Speakers

  • Simran Noor Vice President of Policy & Programs - Center for Social Inclusion
  • Julie Nelson Senior Vice-President - Center for Social Inclusion and Director of the Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE)

Instructor

  • Leon Andrews Director, Race Equity And Leadership (REAL) - National League of Cities
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NLC University – The Role of City Leaders in Public Sector Retirement

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The retirement benefits offered to public sector employees can seem complicated and bewildering. This free NLC University session will delve into the key facts and issues municipal leaders should consider when evaluating pensions and retiree healthcare to balance human resource needs with fiscal responsibility. The course will also examine the common regulatory, collective bargaining, and statutory constraints leaders face when Continue Reading »

Speakers

Sunday, March 12th

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University Information Desk

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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University – Fostering Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship

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Small businesses are the backbone of your city’s local economy. As an elected leader, you have the power to help local entrepreneurs start, scale, and retain their businesses in your community. This NLCU session will explore strategies for building a supportive environment for small businesses and startups, with a specific emphasis on city policy levers that you can influence. Join Continue Reading »

Speakers

  • David Myers Executive Director - Ponca City Development Authority
  • Penny Lewandowski Senior consultant, External relations - Edward Lowe Foundation
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University – Let’s Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate

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Using messaging appropriate to your audience and context can be critically important to moving initiatives and conversations forward. Communications experts from EcoAmerica will share messaging tips related to urban sustainability and climate issues informed by years of public opinion research data and work crafting and delivering strategic messages related to these issues. Credits: 2 Proficiency Area: Issue Expertise (Sustainability) Level: Continue Reading »

Speaker

  • Dan Barry Director - Path to Positive Communities
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University – The Ethical Leader: Rules and Tools

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Ethical Public leadership is more than simply following the law. This seminar enhances municipal leaders’ abilities to assess ethically difficult situations and to make ethically defensible choices. Beginning with some fundamental elements of ethical decision making, the seminar draws the audience into active participation to establish the elements of a personal ethical framework and then challenges audience members to apply Continue Reading »

Instructor

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University: Understanding Public Finance

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This session is designed to help local elected officials and city staff understand the role of elected officials in public finance. Attendees will walk away with an understand of critical public finance topics along with best practices and resources that will allow them to better engage in managing a financially sustainable and well managed government. Specific focus will be on Continue Reading »

Speakers

  • Laura Allen Town Administrator - Berlin, MD
  • Mike Mucha Deputy Executive Director and Director - GFOA Research and Consulting Center

Monday, March 13th

7:45 am - 8:45 am

NLC University Board of Advisors Meeting

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1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Federal Advocacy 101 sponsored by NLC University

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Now that you’ve scheduled a meeting with your legislator, what do you do? This session will prepare you to start or continue a strong working relationship with your legislators on Capitol Hill and lobby effectively for cities’ top legislative priorities. Learn more about legislators, develop your own personalized “elevator speech” on legislative issues, and find out more about NLC’s resources Continue Reading »

Moderator

  • Ashley Smith Senior Associate, Grassroots Advocacy - National League of Cities